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Date: 1794

"I would not shackle you with fetters of suspicion; I would have you governed by justice and reason."

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: w. 1795

We may "exert over our own heart a virtuous despotism, and lead our own Passions in triumph"

— Coleridge, Samuel Taylor (1772-1834)

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Date: 1798

"Women have a frame of body more delicate and susceptible of impression than men, and, in proportion as they receive a less intellectual education, are more unreservedly under the empire of feeling."

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1798

"Wounded affection, wounded pride, all those principles which hold absolute empire in the purest and loftiest minds, urged her to still further experiments to recover her influence, and to a still more poignant desparation, long after reason would have directed her to desist, and resolutely call ...

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1798

"But a connection more memorable originated about this time, between Mary and a person of her own sex, for whom she contracted a friendship so fervent, as for years to have constituted the ruling passion of her mind."

— Godwin, William (1756-1836)

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Date: 1799

"My brain was usurped by some benumbing power, and my limbs refused to support me."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"To meet him, after so long a separation, here, and in these circumstances, was so unlooked-for and abrupt and event, and revived a tribe of such hateful impulses and agonizing recollections, that a total revolution seemed to have been reflected in my frame."

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1799

"And, in the waveless mirror of his mind, / Views the fleet years of pleasure left behind, / Since Anna's empire o'er his heart began!"

— Campbell, Thomas (1777-1844)

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Date: 1800

There may be revolutions in the mind

— Brown, Charles Brockden (1771-1810)

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Date: 1803

"[W]rithing Mania sits on Reason's throne, /Or Melancholy marks it for her own"

— Darwin, Erasmus (1731-1802)

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The Mind is a Metaphor is authored by Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of English, University of Virginia.